Recovering Bishop Berkeley: Virtue and Society in the Anglo-Irish Context

Hardcover | April 15, 2010

byScott Breuninger

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This book examines the Irish philosopher George Berkeley’s contributions to debates concerning the role of virtue in society, which formed the foundation of his reputation as “the good bishop.”  Through a close analysis of key texts and the larger historical contexts within which they were composed, this study explores Berkeley’s engagement with the social and economic threats facing Ireland and Britain, highlighting his belief that virtue and religion could help alleviate these problems. In doing so, Breuninger provides a more complete view of Berkeley’s work outside the realm of philosophy and thus broadens our understanding of his place in the early Enlightenment.

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This book examines the Irish philosopher George Berkeley’s contributions to debates concerning the role of virtue in society, which formed the foundation of his reputation as “the good bishop.”  Through a close analysis of key texts and the larger historical contexts within which they were composed, this study explores Berkeley’s engag...

Scott Breuninger is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Dakota.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.46 × 5.81 × 0.84 inPublished:April 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230102808

ISBN - 13:9780230102804

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Table of Contents

Berkeley’s Sermons on Passive Obedience in the Irish Context * Science and Sociability: Berkeley’s “Bond of Society” * Piety, Perception, and the Free-Thinkers * Luxury, Moderation, and the South Sea Bubble * Planting Religion in the New World, 1722 – 1732 * Improving Ireland: Luxury, Virtue, and Economic Development * Bishop of Cloyne: Protestantism, Patriotism, and a National Panacea

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"Recovering Bishop Berkeley goes some way toward dispelling the notion of Berkeley as a disconnected, abstract philosopher and recovering the bishop who was very much engaged by the social and economic questions of his day." - The Scriblerian